Review – Pistol Daisy

“The fire hisses as it burns, and I watch through teary eyes as it grows to swallow up what remains of the house. And there’s not a damn thing I can do.”

Natalia Leigh

I was very lucky to receive an e-book version of Pistol Daisy from the author in exchange for my review.

If I had to describe this book in a few words: A Snappy, Quick-witted, Shoot-em-up story.

Please be aware of potential spoilers in this review, I have not included any quotes or content from the latter half of the book, however there are some thoughts expressed that may be considered by some as spoilery discussion.

When Daisy Allen’s family is brutally murdered by the infamous Hopkins gang, she’s left with two options: drown in a bottle of whiskey and grief, or saddle up and hunt the killers down. Accompanied by strangers in pursuit of the same outlaws, Daisy takes to the Colorado plains with an old revolver and a hunger for revenge. But the Hopkins gang isn’t easily found, and as their pockets run dry and the trail goes cold, Daisy and her companions may be at the end of the road. She must learn how to survive in this dangerous world of outlaws and gunslingers, or her only chance at avenging her family may be lost.

*Trigger Warnings: Suicidal ideation, grief, attempted sexual assault*

It’s not often that I find a protagonist relatable enough to be invested right from the get-go. But Daisy Allen is hilariously dry humoured and so realistic that I felt myself following her intensely right from chapter 1 (which is a great thing considering this story is super short, lasting only 149 pages).

“When the people I love most are buried side by side, I let out a long breath and pray to die.”

Natalia Leigh

Daisy Allen just cannot catch a break and she is hyper-aware of how helpless she is in the situation she has been thrown into. I find it super refreshing, that we get to watch a character fumble and eff it up a little bit. She isn’t quite bent on revenge after experiencing tragedy, rather thrust into depression and has to grapple with some seriously dark thoughts before she’s pulled into the chase.

“The moon is high, painting the buildings in pale silver. Lantern light glows from windows and on boardwalks.”

Natalia Leigh

Natalia Leigh has an incredible talent for setting the scene. I always felt completely connected to the action in Pistol Daisy, whether they were walking through the main street in town, chatting around the fire or in the middle of a confrontation. I could smell and feel every detail down to the change in the weather, and I loved how immersive this made the story feel.

The character progression felt natural and Daisy’s found family were an awesome aspect of the story, they all had such an interesting dynamic. I especially loved the witty banter between Daisy and some of the more ‘gruff’ men in the group. The small subtleties in their growing relationships were what made this such a winner for me because I could see aspects of my own relationships in them. I was rooting for all of the crew from the moment I met them.

The plotting was incredibly fast paced, we jumped from confrontation to confrontation so quickly that I never had the chance to be bored with the story. If I had to pick one downfall to Pistol Daisy, it would only be that I wanted MORE. Some more character exploration would have been very much appreciated. However, this shortness also made the story very gripping and now I cannot wait to get my hands on the second instalment Whiskey City. In the meantime, I will have to make do with diving back into Pistol Daisy (for the third time).

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


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